A three-minute dry spell on offense late in the game proved to be fatal for Pearl River Community College, as the Wildcats dropped a 74-69 decision to Mississippi Gulf Coast in men’s basketball action Monday night at M.R. White Coliseum.
PRCC dropped to 13-9overall and 5-8 in the South Division. MGCCC improved to 17-5 and 9-4.
Pearl River trailed the Bulldogs by 10 points early in the first half, but used a 10-2 run to close the margin, and the Wildcats took the lead with 2:41 to play in the first half on a 3-point basket by sophomore Eli Arcement.
PRCC closed the half with a 15-4 surge to lead 36-30 at halftime.
The Wildcats led by as many as 10 points early in the second half, but Gulf Coast was able to chip away at the lead. The Bulldogs regained the advantage, 49-48, on a steal and a fast-break layup by Harvey Smart with 11:08 to play.
The two teams traded the lead until freshman Jamani Glover’s 3-pointer with 6:25 to play put PRCC ahead 57-55. But that’s when the Wildcats went cold. Gulf Coast went on an 8-0 run over the next 3:17 of game time to regain the lead for good.
Glover and freshman Rodney Mallett each hit 3-pointers in the final minute to keep the Wildcats close, but Gulf Coast converted 8 of 10 foul shots down the stretch to nail down the victory.
Freshman Cameron Douglas scored 18 points to lead Pearl River. Glover finished with 13 points, redshirt freshman Jerrod Rigby had 12 points, and sophomore Branden Sheppard had 10 points and 17 rebounds. Winston Morgan had 21 points to lead Gulf Coast
The Wildcats will be at home for their final game of the season, at 8 p.m. Thursday against Copiah-Lincoln.
PRCC BASKETBALL SUMMARY
Monday at Poplarville
Gulf Coast 74, Pearl River 69
Gulf Coast 30 44 – 74
Pearl River 36 33 – 69
MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST (17-5, 9-4 in South Division): Jaylen Peters 4, Winston Morgan 21 (9 assists), Harvey Smart 8, E.J. Galloway 2, Zach Parker 7, Tedrian Brisco 17, Davion Cole-Johnson 7, Qua’Darius Green 8.
PEARL RIVER (13-9, 5-8 in South Division): Jerrod Rigby 12, Rodney Mallett 9, Cameron Douglas 18, Jamani Glover 13, Harold Givens 4, Eli Arcement 3, Branden Sheppard 10 (17 rebounds).